Though many of us are open to the idea of starting a vitamin and supplements routine, we’re not entirely sure how to act on that instinct. Of course we’re interested in taking steps to become healthier. But the vitamin aisle is so thoroughly packed with products that we feel overwhelmed any time we even glance at it. Not to mention, there are so many vitamins and supplements out there that it can feel almost impossible to know where to begin. I mean, we all have jobs to do, families to care for, and lives to live. Can we reasonably be expected to do deep dives into every vitamin and supplement on the market to determine which ones are worth our time and which ones aren’t?
Thankfully, some vitamin brands are beginning to pick up on our plight. And they’re taking steps to alleviate the frustration that often accompanies a trip down the vitamin aisle. Brands like nurish by Nature Made are demystifying vitamins and supplements once and for all. Now, you don’t have to spend nights and weekends researching a supplement to determine whether it could possibly help you. Instead, you can carve out a quick 10 minutes to answer some questions about yourself. And nurish will introduce you to your nutritional supplement soulmates — vitamins and supplements from Nature Made, the no. 1 Pharmacist recommended brand — that may benefit you, based on your diet, lifestyle and priorities.
1. Nurish will start by asking you about your priorities.
Personalized advice is only helpful if it actually helps you meet your goals. Which is why nurish’s first questions revolve entirely around your priorities.
For starters, what are your health and wellness goals? Are you trying to have more energy, look your best or feel better overall? And which areas of health and wellness are most important to you — healthy food, being active, staying mentally sharp, keeping your mood up or being mindful? By asking questions like these, nurish can help you ensure it is helping you meet your unique health and wellness goals — not someone else’s.
2. Then, it’ll learn a little more about your current vitamins and supplements routine.
Are you trying to enhance your current routine or start a new routine — or are you merely looking for more information? Your needs will probably vary a lot, based on your answer to that question. And if you already have a routine going, nurish will ask how many vitamins and supplements you’re currently taking (just to get a sharper sense of your needs).
Remember, if nurish ends up recommending a vitamin or supplement you’re already taking, you can always exclude it from your subscription box. (And once you run out, you can always add it back in — that way, you won’t have to worry about sourcing your vitamins and supplements from a bunch of different places).
3. Once nurish has a sense of what you’re looking for, it’ll ask you about your diet.
Some research has indicated that a whopping 90 percent of Americans don’t get enough vitamins and minerals through diet alone. (Specifically, the study found that the people making up that 90 percent consume less than the daily recommended intake for at least one vitamin or mineral.) Most experts would never suggest that vitamins and supplements can replace a healthy diet, but many do recommend supplementing your diet with them.
To understand what vitamins or minerals your diet may be deficient in, nurish will ask you some pretty specific questions about the food you eat. Things like how many servings of fruits and vegetables you eat in a day, how many alcoholic drinks you consume in a typical week and whether you have any food allergies or restrictions.
All of these factors can affect your body’s ability to consume, absorb and process nutrients. (For example, did you know vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium? Or that even moderate alcohol intake can hinder your body’s ability to absorb vitamin B? It can be hard to keep track of this stuff — thankfully, nurish does a lot of the work for you.)
4. Naturally, it’ll ask you about your activity level, too.
Vitamins play a major role in energy production, meaning they can affect your workouts — and really, your ability to live your life as an energetic human being. Because of this, nurish will take some time getting to know your exercise habits, including how often you are working out and what kinds of workouts you are doing. And perhaps more importantly, why you are interested in working out and what goals you are pursuing.
After that, it’ll ask you, more generally, about your go-to interests and activities. Options include: dancing, entertaining, reading and cooking — in addition to more exercise-centric options, like running, yoga, weightlifting and sports.
5. Along the way, you’ll be asked a few specific questions about your lifestyle.
No two lifestyles are the same, and your nutritional needs may vary based on your specific circumstances.
Life stages like pregnancy — whether you’re trying to conceive, currently pregnant or breastfeeding your child — are also important markers when it comes to nutritional needs. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offer a recommended daily intake of basically every vitamin and mineral imaginable, and these baselines can vary a lot for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Other factors — like how much screen time you get each day, whether you live in a smoggy or polluted area and how often you’re in the sunlight without sunscreen — can also impact your nutritional needs. (For example, if you tell nurish you spend all day on a screen, it may recommend that you supplement your diet with lutein, a micronutrient that’s been shown to support eye health.)
6. Nurish will also take a moment to check in on your mood.
Health is a holistic process. It’s not just about eating the “right” things or getting “enough” exercise — it’s about feeling good enough to thrive in your everyday life. So a quiz assessing your nutritional needs would be remiss not to include a few questions about mood and energy.
Nurish will ask you questions about your emotional well-being and energy levels. And it will give you opportunities throughout the quiz to indicate that you could use a little extra help in those arenas. (One question specifically asks you what nurish can help you address — stress, sleep, mood and energy are all options.)
7. Once you’re finished, you’ll be greeted with a custom nutritional supplements plan.
What you do next is up to you. If you’re a fan of research, you can use these recommendations as a jumping-off point for your next vitamins and supplements deep dive. Instead of reading up on every product on the market, you can filter out some of the noise and focus only on the nutritional supplements nurish has recommended. Then, once you’re satisfied with your suggestions, you can select the vitamins and supplements you’d like to receive on a monthly basis. Soon, a personalized box of vitamins and supplements will be delivered straight to your door. And if you choose to subscribe, you’ll receive another box each month (meaning you’ll never have to make a trip down the vitamin aisle again).
And this isn’t a once-and-done kind of thing. Diets change, lifestyles change — priorities change. And nurish understands that. So you can change up your nutritional supplement mix as you see fit. You can also pause or cancel your subscription at any time (because convenience should never become inconvenient).
This article was created by SheKnows for nurish by Nature Made®